Monthly Archives: August 2008

Shoe of The Month – Circa Joan & David

SF brought in this fabulous shoe today. A cross between a gladiator sandal upper and the classic T-strap, make this shoe the one to beat for keeping your foot from sliding forward.

The outside strap is also adjustable ensuring snug fit at the ankle. Although you may not be able to find this exact shoe, these features can be found on many heels, and would be worth looking for.

Cycling Shoes – Bunions

If you have a bunion, finding a cycling shoe that’s wide enough can be a challenge, especially if the rest of your foot isn’t wide. One solution is to find a shoe with mesh over the bunion which will be more forgiving than leather or vinyl trim. The image below shows an older model Pearl Izumi shoe which had trim over the bunion, making the shoe too tight.

In this case, the simple solution was cutting away the trim in the area of the bunion, to expose the mesh. This allows for expansion of the forefoot without compromising the rest of the shoe fit.

Shoe Review – Nike Air Equalon +2

Nike Air Equalon +2 is a great shoe if you have bunions. Notice the mesh over the widest part of the foot? It also has a firm heel counter and firm EVA for stability. It’s shallow, but not narrow, so if you have a narrow foot, this shoe may not work for you. For everyone else, it’s a great shoe.

Runners Toenails

Many people have a long 2nd toe. In runners, a long 2nd toe can cause repetitive trauma to the toenail, resulting in a thick, protruding toenail This happens especially when running down hills.

If you are a runner and your toenail looks thick like this, you will only make matters worse if you ignore it. Thick nails always have to be treated, otherwise your nails will become permanently deformed.

If your nails are thick, go straight to your nearest podiatrist and have them thinned. The procedure is painless and will make all the difference in appearance and comfort. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, the red in the above image is residual polish, not blood. The white appearing adjacent toenails have a surface type of fungus, primarily due to polish, and easily filed off.

Shoe Review – Nike Air Max Assail Trail

Finding a trail shoe for a narrow foot is not an easy task. The Nike Air Max Assail Trail fits the bill even though it’s listed as a D-Medium width and not narrow. An added plus is torsionally stability (no side-to-side twist) and an inflexible, thick, shock absorptive sole. This can help alleviate ball of the foot pain. It will also accommodate an orthotic which is great.

Shoe Review – Saucony ProGrid Hurricane 9 vs. 10

Here’s another example of a version change. As you can see below the Hurricane 10 is much shallower or as I prefer to describe it more fitted than the 9.

It’s also got a more proportional toe box, so if your heel to ball is sized 8 and your heel to toe is sized 8, your foot will fit nicely in this shoe. On the other hand if your heel to ball is an 8 and your heel to toe is a 7, you’ll do better in the Hurricane 9 as the Hurricane 10 may have too much toe box room.

Now let’s look at the width.

The Hurricane 10 is slightly more tapered on the inside which is good if you have a narrow foot. On the other hand, the Hurricane 9 is much boxier over the instep and arch, typically better for a wider foot.

Also notice the flex grooves. The Hurricane 9 is going to be more flexible in the forefoot, due to the grooves going fully across the forefoot. The Hurricane 10 is going to be less flexible. What does this mean? If you get ball of the foot pain you’ll probably be better off with the 10.

Since the Hurricane 9 is on it’s way out, if this is a good fit for you, then the 10 probably won’t be. However, it you haven’t tried the 10, then this is a great shoe for a lower volume foot.

Skating Boots – Modifications

This is the same roller derby boot as my earlier post.

These principles would work for any sport boot including hockey, figure skating and roller blading.

Although the modified lacing I previously blogged about helped, it wasn’t enough to alleviate all the outside of the foot pain, so I added permanent padding on the inside of the boot to off-weight the painful prominences and it worked like a charm.

Just because a boot isn’t custom, it doesn’t mean you can’t customize the fit. All you need is a creative shoe repair person and you should be fine.